I never visited the alt-right website Breitbart News before, but something told me to click it on today and see what they are saying.
Was I in for a shock! The first article I saw was about how terrible Trump’s healthcare replacement package is. Almost 9,000 comments and almost every one is ripping Trump and Ryan to shreds.
Breitbart May Have Just Killed Trumpcare (New York Magazine)
When you really think about it though, it shouldn’t be that shocking. No one, not even the far right, wants to see Grandma shoved under the bus and her healthcare taken away. Remember, the Tea Party was never a friend to the corporate elite. Red state voters and conservatives really believed Trump would deliver on his promises to make healthcare more affordable, and they compose his base of supporters. So, it looks like they are finally waking up from their denial and realizing this was a massive bait and switch operation and they made a terrible mistake. When it comes to healthcare, they realize their own lives and those they love could be at stake.
Let’s face it. Neither party has served the interests or needs of the American people for a very long time. Every 4 or 8 years we get one side or the other in charge. The problem with the Democratic Party is it has tried to serve two masters — the people AND the corporate elite. That doesn’t work. It never has and never will. While Obamacare was an improvement over what we had before that (nothing), it’s not nearly enough. Some of these former Trump supporters on Breitbart are actually demanding single payer healthcare! Yes, they actually believed that’s what Trump meant when he promised to cover every American.
Now I understand why the Tea Party types never seemed too opposed to a far left candidate like Bernie Sanders. What both the alt-right and Sanders supporters have in common is that both are fed up with the current establishment parties as they stand now, both of which only serve the corporate elite. Although I think Obama’s heart was in the right place, he tried too hard to please both the people and the monied interests (the insurance companies). The middlemen need to get out of healthcare, and some on the right are beginning to understand this. The far left always did.
Even in the face of this blowup on Breitbart, Trump and Ryan are STILL trying to shove their awful plan down our throats. Surely they must know how many middle class and poor conservatives are mad as hell and have turned against them since the rollout.
I think this might be the starting point for change, if the right and the left can both use the healthcare crisis as a starting point for some new conversations and some real solutions.